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••«*»> f M/*< New Year's Duck. »w I "Oh! Nellie, you should see the lovely duck I got as a present this morn- Ing—it's a perfect beauty—I am going "to have it for our) New Year's dinner," said Mrs. English to her friend Mrs. Lane,, who had come in to see her during the afternoon and talk over the Christmas celebration of a few days before. "Is your duck dressed or alive, Kate?" asked Nellie in .some haste. VOh! it's alive, I am going to dress It myself," answered Kate, "it's not much trouble to dress a duck—do you think it would be?" "Well, Kate, I 'really pity you. I 'must tell you wha.t a dreadful time, I had with the one we killed last week, it yet makes me shiver all over only to think of it, it was such a terrible day the memory of it will never fade away! I really think my back,has not cinoe stopped aching since I picked that' duck." "Do tell me, Nellie, won't their feathers come out, or what was the trouble?" asked Kate. "I am beginning to feel alarmed." "•"I'll begin by telling you how we got the duck," began Nellie.- "One nigftt after I had gone up stairs with > the baby, and John was smoking his pipe —it must have been after 12 o'clock— there was a faint knock at the kitchen door. I heard John going to the door and speaking to some one. and then he and the some one went into the garden to the chicken coop, and presently I heard a loud noise and fuss among the hens. It was Jim Peters. He had won a duck at a raffle at a tavern and asked John to let him put it in our hen coop until further notice. "Now, either the duck did not feel very comfortable or the hens did not feel as much at ease as formerly, I don't know what caused it, but there /was a constant war going ; on among them. Why, I didn't get one egg while that fowl was in there. So I told John to tell Jim to- remove it or we would kill it. At last John bought it from 'Jim and killed it, and said I should roast it for dinner. "Now, John killed it before he went to work, but I thought if I woud begin to 'dress it after 9 o'clock I could soon get it in the oven. Then I knew nothing about ducks; now I am much wiser. "I asked ma—you kpow ma just came the day before from the west; it's the first time she bad been to see us since we were keeping house, I asked ma Whether I should scald the duck or pick it dry, She said she had always picked hers dry and had saved the down for b§r feather beds. So I began to pick it dry. I don't know what all that duck didn't have to cover itself with. "No wonder ducks never set wet when they go into the water. Why, this one's skin was one sheet' of fat and feathers. "When the clock struck 10 that duck looked perfectly dreadful. I wish you could have seen it. I felt so disgusted I almost cried. Then, "when ma saw the tears in-my eyes she said if I would hold, the baby she would pick awhile. So I sat down to rest—why, really, I felt so faint I could scarcely stand any longer, jpst fussing with 'that horrid fowl. "Now you know how fretful the baby is—she is teething, and it takes one of 'I PUT IT IN THE OVEN. us to entertain her all the time or she annoys the family on the other side of the house—every time she cries some: one comes over to see 'wh'at ails that^ baby.' ' , "When John moves again I ain going to have him move into a singly house,: and then I can let the baby cry all she: wants to. • ' "After ma had picked until she was tired a bright idea came into my head, and I told her I would skin the duck entirely—then no one would find any pin feathers and it would look smooth and sleek all over. It only provoked me that I had not thought of doing it before. I don't know why it isj but somehow my bright ideas always come too late, "So I gave the baby to ma and toll them to watch this interesting'per- formance. . i "But it was easier said than dono. My, how greasy that skin was! It Was almost impossible to get a good .tight hold—I pulled and jerked and wished I had never had any bright ideas until it was finally skinned and , the clock pointed to 10 minutes to 12 and no din- -ner. .'.. • • • ' .'•:-•. • "Then I had to run to the corner grocery to get some dried beef—!l ; very well knew John detested dried beef for dinner, but they had nothing else, and when John came home he ate bis dinner (?) in silence, But I promised to have the duck roasted for • supper, "WJth this prospect in view I went to work more cheerfully, yet not very satisfied, I fear, In order to have the duck well done I put it in the oven soon after dinner, and was surprised to see how small it got—the lunger Jt roasted the ^ma^e^' }t grew, and it looked so funny, something like a skjnned cat; when in- cojnes John, bringing 9, friend with him to ftejp eat the duck! "Well, pp one can imagine iny feel" Jngs. When they sat down to the table 1 npticed John looking fmwnd for something, and finally when be saw the rbqrria, Uttte shr}Yolea;up tM»g he bwret' 1 oHt'lBsta jv hj^rty laugh, saying; 'Why, Nellie, |s tjus all tfeat IB left of our peautlfW,} ^MW I »evB}- ' fikfttch »f *ti OM Chfttoploh—AHftls Oafciet m the Field—ttoraco Ifoung;** Notable feat. ,- ;;, '" '' MfiRB was an *1< smile 6ft Bar tlett'i face. She ptiited the shade over the lamp and dffiW the ctfftfti&g, BhUttlflg hef room in 'cozlfyY fife clock an the mantel ticking the Old Yeac as fast as It could huffy, him off, tt was dusk and New Year's eve, and that was the time for the Pincushion ceremony at feafliett'Si Fred met Alice on the stairs, and Belle and Arthur came along the hall. Belle carried Baby Letty in her arms, and they each bore a bristling little red tomato pincushion in their hands. Grandma had placed five hassocks in a row. "Come, dearies," she called out, t6 Arthur's subdued knock. They filed in, laughing. "Stools of repentance," cried tall Belle, dropping into her hassock. "0 grandma, my cushion is full of pins. I broke my resolution every other day. I resolved to keep my temper, you know, and I got so tired of poking in a pin for a slip, nights at bedtime." ''Look* at my lazy pins," ,mo.urned Fred. "And my behind-time stickers," chimed in Alice. "I didn't think I 'did put off things so often," sighed Arthur, and then Baby Letty stuck up her cushion. It was empty. "Now, dears," said grandma,, "proceed with the ceremony." Solemnly .they each' tumbled their pins into a box on the table. Another stood near it. V "Why, there's not half so many as last year, grandma!'' cried Fred. "Why, why! And we all felt so badly!" • •. : .":.--.• • • ''. "Clean cushions again," said grandma happily, picking up Letty to hug her. "Now for grandma's New Year's presents." < There were beautiful books and games. , ' "I always feel as If you paid us for being naughty," said Alice, looking up with a smile from her book. "But I wouldn't part with my Resolution Cushion for .the "world!" Arthur looked at his empty cushion. "I'm glad those pins are gone," he said. "A clean start for a happy New Year. I say, grandma, how we love you,!" '-:•••". - : ;;•; •.. And four .impetuous pairs of arms almost smothered dear, gerrtle grandma. —Lillian L. Price. kj^f^kj^^TO^^SSS^HJW? The Joltau Year. The error of the Julian year was corrected, in the. Gregorian calendar by the suppression of three intercalations in 400 years. In order to restore the commencement of the year to the same place in the seasons that it had occupied at the time of the Council of Nice, Gregory directed the day following the feast 'of St. Francis, that is to say, the 5th of October, tV be reckoned the 15th of that month. By this regulation the vernal equinox which 'then happened on the llth of March was restored to the 21st. From 1582 to 1700 the difference between the old and new style continued to be ten days; but 1700 being 1 a leap year in the Julian calendar, and a common year in the Gregorian, the difference of the styles during the .18th century was eleven days. The year 1800 was also common in the new calendar, and, consequently, the difference in the present century is twelve days. From 1900'to 2100 inclusive it will be thirteen days. Three Events of 1896. Eighteen hundred and ninety-six will always be memorable in literary annals as ending the lives of three great female writers'—Harriett Beecher Stowe, the novelist, Kate Field, the journalist, and Gail Hamilton, the versatile authoress, The latter's signature was a nom de plume, composed of the second syttable in her Christian name and of Hamilton, the village of ««r birth-place. Few identified her spinster appellation of Mary Abigail Dodge, KNQW a, little ten}. Pie, Its walls are dlnj CEtY of Syracuse, N. Y., the oid'tlme trap-shootef, Is now traveling representative of an eastern arms cbin« pany. Mr. McMur* chy, of "Prince Mac," as he is known among his intimate friends, enjoys the personal friendship of More eportsmett throughout the United States than any other man that we know of. Ills reputation as a trap shot is well known, as he has taken part in the largest tournaments held in this country from Maine to California. He is a fine'shot at inanimate targets or live birds, and equally skillful at game in the field. His record of 97 out of 100 Blue Rocks thrown at unknown angles made at Syracuse, N. Y., on July 2 of this year won for him a beautiful gold medal on which the words "U. S. Championship at Traps" are inscribed. His record; at Rochester, N. Y., last year was a good one. For three days' shooting he made iari average of over 95 per cent and won first prize. At Parker's shoot at Detroit in September of last year he won first average for four days, defeating the best shots in this country. He has won first prize in several live bird events of considerable importance so far as this season, and whenever he participates in a match lands pretty near on top, always endeavoring to show by actual demonstration that his gun is equal to the very best. Harvey McMurc 's position at the score is a most natural one, being perfectly graceful and with that ease of manner that always attracts the attention of all other shooters. He is a fine appearing fellow, and his 'gentlemanly and courteous manner adds friends to his list wherever he goes, and the wonderful popularity of the gun which he sells among the best class of trap •shooters and sportsmen in this country is almost entirely due to the clever representative. Charles "Dutoliy" Smith. We present a likeness of Charles Smith of Plainfleld, N. J., known among shooting men as "Dutchy." Mr. Smith won the championship at targets thrown under expert rules on the grounds of the Endeavor Gun club, at Marion, , N. J., some time ago. He broke thirty-eight out of fifty, but was tied by the famous Captain John L. Brewer. In shooting on the tie "Dutchy" shot Brewer out easily and won the handsome cup' given by the powder company. Mr. Smith is a man of considerable flesh, but it does not hurt his shooting ability. He is a very jolly fellow and makes every one happy when he attends a meeting of trap shooters. He presents a fine appearance when walking down the score, with a beautiful oil painting on the back of his shooting blouse, which plainly shows the business that he is engaged in. Mr. Smith was one of the freaks in Tom Keller's celebrated freak show which followed the circuit a season ago and posed as the living skeleton or boneless wonder or something of that sort. He always attracts plenty of attention wherever he goes, and is a German comedian of rare attainments. "Dutchy" attends most of the big tournaments in the .east and sometimes travels a considerable distance to participate in a match at targets or live birds, He is equally proficient as a marksman on either of these flyers and is often among the *op men. At the last shoot of the .CHARLBJS SMITH, CJJmax Gun club at Fanwood, N. J,, Mv. Smith won the trophy by breaking twentyrthree out of twenty-five targets. QuJrtny In the p We have .receive^ from Frank E, Butler, nianager and huspand of Annie. Qskley, a copy of the Hot Springs, (Arfe.) Dally News, giving ?n ^oopuRt of a paH h,u.nt In. whlok Misjs OakJey kjllejj ^Qpe than her share of the b?9w», beetles. -.T^e party CQ^jsted ,Sf Messrs G,ep wy Hughes, JP ranfc B> gutter, w»4 Jataj .giHPPtw, Jf., a^qm, PftBle4 • fey Mrs, -If yf hes ana. Annie ak y snj,nt p day an •^^.-miP .• ? -«H^««Ti™*-'^-'--"'"~™--"-— — r- .. T ._..trail ftfost 8! fWF fflid n§ wt«iid JtTSt Wfef tp let s tnos« ttrtftlted Quail 8 ffoi8 18 dut with Annie Oakleys "Wfty, shg kills Wait while yen are §§ttmg fw» gun to the Shauldef* 1 Sa# hef Wit three birds wtthlfi twenty" feet of hef gun, afld twifee'i shot at H6f Wfd aftef she had killed It. 1 tried to shSot quick, but sh§ was ahead si Me.";Th§ party have gone on. a tfip f«f deef, bear, turkeys afld other gaae which are found in the mountains fofty fflilea front «ot sprigs, and if Annie Cakley does not kill a deef It wilt be because none come her way. We wish the party lots bf success.— Sporting Life, Won the Match. Horace Young and A. "Vincent," oi Philadelphia, shot a flfty*bird match recently on the grounds of the Key* stohe Shooting league at Holffiesburg Junction. The day was bright and clear and a good lot of birds were fur* nished. Both men shot far below theit average and it was a poor exhibition of pigeon shooting. When one mah missed the other was pretty sure to follow suit, and it was an even race. all through, the men tieing on thirty- three kills out of fifty birds shot at. In the shoot-off at twenty-five birds Young killed twenty-two and won, as Vincent had four birds scored against him, two falling dead just over the line. The match was at fifty birds, thirty yards' rise, fifty yards' boundary, Hurllngham rules, for $100 a side. A large crowd witnessed the match and considerable money changed hands. F. Henry acted as referee and Joe Lemming pulled traps. Four Killed 1O Straight. The Emerald Gun club of New York held their regular monthly live-bird shoot at Dexter Park, L. I., and drew out the usual large attendance. Twen- HARVEY M'MURCHY. ty-seven members and one visitor, j. S.' S. Remsen, participated in the club' event. The birds were very good flyers and the scores were hardly up to the usual mark. The men shot in two classes, with different handicap, and the point system used to equalize the skill. Four men killed straight. These were Gus Greiff, Geo. Loeble, Thomas Short and K. J. Clark. Before the shoot began J. Lott shot at fifteen selected birds and killed fourteen, the fourth bird falling dead out of bounds. M'Alpln Defeats Winston. George S. McAlpln of the Carteret Gun club of New York defeated J, L. Winston of the Austin Powder company of Cleveland, Ohio, in a match at 100 live birds at Westminster Kennel club grounds at Babylon, L. I., the other day. McAlpin had three birds fall dead out of bounds, and Winston had four fall in the same manner, McAlpin's best run was twenty-six straight and Winston's thirty-six. After losing the first bird Winston killed thirty-six straight and McAlpin lost three, but on the fiftieth' round the New Yorker was one bird in the lead. At the seventy-fifth round he still led by one bird, but on the last twenty-five he lost a bird out of bounds and Winston allowed two to escape, one, however, falling dead over the line. Both men stood at thirty yards, with fifty yards boundary, Scores Bliule on Uluo Rocks. H, B. Dotsn, challenger, won the Doten cup at the range of the Androscoggin Gun club the other afternoon, There were ten contestants, Frank Cain, winner of the first contest, was unable to compete. The scores were as follows: Doten, 16; Morse, 14; Wheeler, 13; Jo.ssjyn, 13; Littlefleld, 12; Nason, 11; L. Keys, 8; Godfrey, 5; 0, P. Keys, 3. Each man shot at twenty- five targets, liesgoiuor Won The flrst of a series of five monthly handicap sweepstake shoots at live pigeons under the auspices of the He;-»wn Hijl Gun club of Pittsburg, Pa., took plflcn on the club's grounds at Davis Islpfcd the other day, Tne shooting was excellent and t};e birds first-class. Each man shot at twenty^ five birds and the entrance fee was $?0 each. Bessemer got flrst money all to himself, as he killed hjs entire twenty- five birds. Upson of Cleveland was present and there may he p, match shoot arranged between him and W, S, King for ?1,° 00 ' Pa,t Po\ver§, president o.f the League, the jnost prosperous mjnor gjQiz.atlQn, }n the cpunUy, Ift ft 1'e.cen.i; interview wid: "Fpuj* of the clubs Ip my keape made from f§,QOQ to last y.ear, an4 nope- of Uienj ' eyon..*' , r ail data af can la twehiHmj an army of fmif milHeni at ' tlndef the i ClUb: Mafi-^Wlmt • did toll TM when yaw wife met you a't the 000? m m to let you in? "l^ Second Club Man—Tdiell the trti fellow, I t thought t was a blgainist. *» Pa.f the Penalty fd* fiihitifc Is rather bard, isn't itt 1fet howtakm compelled to do this after every ti Dyspepsia, that iheiOrftbie , tSerteo! nevef ceases to'torment of its owa volli and rarely yields t6 ordinary medical But tranquility of the stbmacli is in t for those who pursue a course of Hostetl Stomach Bitters. This fine Corrective remedies malarial and kidney compla rheumatism, constipation, biliousness nervousness. iatf'! ffll J So Could We all, Goodlin—You will never be happy \m[\'{ you get a change of heart. i Badun—Oh my heart is 'all right! hiiV tl think I could be reasonably happy if pi could get a change of liver and kidneys, ,J YOU WANT A FARM naa *« ha«,i 50 miles west of Houston, at CHESTERVIUE,'1 the best tract In Texas. High prairie, ttell'l drained, abundant rainfall, good soil,low,'j .prices aild easy terms, Don't fail to tx '•tllevtffm Lands"'FREE-andMn'fb'rnjallldfi _ to cheap excursion and FREE FARE. Addrta >i Southern Texas Colonisation Co., John ",inderholm,Mgr., HORialto Bldg.,Chic»g 0 - Natural Mistake, '•My good man, you shouldn't be Am... Ing out doors like this," said the belated,'! citizen. , J "None o' yer clatter, now, or I'll take you] in." 'I "Beg your pardon. I had no idea that >"| you were a policeman." ' Cheap Iiands and Houion Are to be had on the Frisco Line in'% Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas. The"'" best route from St. Louis to Texas and all points west and southwest. Fot' maps, time tables, pamphlets, etc.;' call upon or address any agent of the company, or D. Wishart, Gen'l Pag. • senger Agent, St. Louis, Mo. Not Kind. "Did you read the article published" •about you?" remarked an acquaintance ot< the unscrupulous politician. , "No. have they been slandering me, m usual?" "I dou't know whether they have slandered you or not; but it looks as if they had done their best." Coughing Leads to Consumption. Kemp's balsam will stop the cough at once. Go to your druggist to-day and get a sample "bottle' free. Large bottles 50 cents and $1. Go [at >once; delays are dangerous. It is part of my religion to look well after the cheerfulness of life, and let the dismals shift for themselves.—Louisa M, Alcott. Piso's Cure for Consumption has saved me large doctor bills —C. L. Baker, 4338 Regent Sq., Philadelphia, Pa., Dec. 8, '95, A lady who was complimented for her good taste in dress, said laughingly, "That's because I don't depend entirely on my mirror, but on my feelings also." Dr. Kay's Lung Balm is the safest, surest andpleasantest eyre for all coughs. Sun spots are believed to be openings in the sun's photosphere, or luminous envelope, through which the orb is seen. Life Is misery to thousands of people who have th« taint of scrofula In their blood. For this terrlbla.. ' affliction there is no remedy equal to '"• H o o d s Sarsaparilla The Best—In fact the One True Blood Purifier.*' Hnnrl's Pills cure Liyer Ills; easy to L, 110UU S flllS take, easy to operate,«». | Fruits, Grains nod Graces ' Or«w to pfrfKllop iud }KU pkuxwwl enpi oel; It III Irrtctlid dltlrlctj of lli«WMt.T>.w«wi»Pf>lr talffti.pl* ID I* Dwullful iltiHnw) nlltjri of Wnlwn Cokwla, km* tion tbMiuicty t&Miru inonooo* crop* of freltf w4 ctnflt No fulloin inowD N» tnMa, tw .itrtBM tw»t « »Mi >•! •lad. or UllUonol BvU l«r*JI,ntj »pMl*lljr tfcst* ,» C nirlt ol tnwt . APPLES, PEACHES, PEARS, CHERRIES, DRAPES, Vlf, riot btt, our; inn .wc» vamat, Bjicdim m porulloo md nirkni, Klwoli, cliurctm n» w«l«tj. W mil toil dlT^nnr or rewtrn nti«Kil|i4 mv^Ki ' Mat Ua n\t. n»r Uo« »bll« prk* «rt tow. Ini in, belpj M^niJ.ut >od onulof « Iwq* ftr . 13» pqtror, i (MM. 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